We are pleased to present you some great new features, and a simplified interface for Solvace

Home Page

Simplification of the left menu on your home page

We have replaced the page “Trending on Solvace” with the page “Your latest activity”. This new page summarizes all activities relevant to you since you last saw it (and beyond). This means your activity, as well as the activity on items you follow.
You can for instance see a comment that was made in a challenge you are involved in, or see that someone mentioned your name on a specific node of a challenge.

Latest-activity

Challenges menu item

Clicking on Challenges will now give you access to all challenges. At the top of the screen, you can choose between yours, those in which you are involved, and those that you can access thrtough communities.

Mentions

You can mention the name of another Solvace user from any formatted text area (e.g. a comment in a challenge) to draw his attention on something in particular.
To do this, just type ‘@’+ the first letter of his first name, and pick his name from the list. That user will be notified from your mention through his Latest Activity feed, and by email in case he has not viewed his Latest Activity feed.

Completing an action by email

You can now mark an action as complete without even opening Solvace. To do that, just reply ‘Done’ to an email reminder sent by Solvace. Quite a time saver!

Challenge analysis screen

New toolbar

Analysis-toolbar-bare

This toolbar is displayed on both the analysis and implementation screens.
It starts with the status of the project, which gives a visual indicators on the health of the project, plus optional comments. Then it shows the challenge’s title.
The blue icon next to the title opens the sharing properties, where you can define who participates in your challenge. Next to it you find the chat icon.
The video icon lets you start a Google Hangout with other online participants. Combined with the real-time multi-user editing in Solvace, this makes collaboration as easy as working in the same room.
When you are on the Analysis screent, a link to the implementation screen is displayed, and vice versa.
The down carret icon opens a menu with all commands specific to the analysis phase. Its content differs from the one used on the implementation screen.
Finally, the menu with the cog includes the commands linked to the entire challenge. Its content remains the same on both screens.
Le menu avec l’engrenage comprend les fonctions liées au challenge. Il ne change pas en fonction de l’écran.
Closing the challenge is done via this cog menu.

“Tree view / Outline view” button

Toggling between one view and the other is now one click away, directly above the structure

Suggestions at the bottom of the screen

Contextual suggestions now appear in the bottom panel, rather than to the right of the screen. Each suggestion type can be enabled/disabled, and is displayed only if there is content to show.
This way, you have an instant view on any relevant content that is already available in Solvace on the selected topic.

Comments in the right panel

Comments have moved from the bottom panel to the right panel. You can still use the buttons at the top of the right panel to decide whether the comment you make applies to the selected node, or to the entire challenge

Start a Google Hangout

By clicking on the video icon next to the ‘Implement’ button in the toolbar, you can launch a video conference with other online participants. It is thus very easy to pull in a central expert on a particular topic, or collaborate on a problem within a cross-country team.

Implementation screen

Besides the new toolbar shared with the Analysis screen, there is now an in-line menu that appears to the left of an action when you hover your mouse over it. Just click on the cog icon to display this contextual menu.

Your feedback is important!

All the changes you see are the results of your feedback and of the needs you expressed. This is why we need your feedback.
Whether it is to suggest a new feature, a change, or tell us about a bug, please let us know! The easiest way is by creating a ticket on the Helpdesk platform, accessible through the Help menu in Solvace (see below). We will answer you shortly after.

Helpdesk